Southwest Georgia’s pecan farmers are in the midst of harvesting their crop, but they’re a couple of weeks behind schedule and they’re losing a lot of the nuts to a fungal disease called pecan scab. What will all that mean for holiday pecan prices? Not much right away, but it could push consumer prices up down the road.
Georgia’s tobacco acreage is expected to hold steady this year, thanks to a new buyer in the state and high demand in Asia. Tobacco acreage has been dropping for two decades. Experts expected fewer acres of the crop to be planted this year, but now estimates from the U.S. Agriculture Department project Georgia farmers will plant about 11,000 acres of tobacco, the same amount as last year.
Georgia's farmers are starting to feel the effects of budget cuts at the state's agriculture extension service. Coastal Glynn County lost its agent this year because the county refused to pay a larger share of the agent's salary. Betty Ann Lewis represents a local farmer's group and she's now become the go-to person for all kinds of questions.